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Partnership for Better Health Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and School Districts in
Eligible Areas for Projects that Improve Community Health

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Partnership for Better Health

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits and school districts for projects that improve the health of communities and individuals in eligible areas of Cumberland, Perry, Adams, and Franklin Counties. Programs are intended to strengthen health capacities, ensure access to affordable health care, and build healthy communities.

Eligible locations include all of Perry County, Western and Central Cumberland County, Northern Adams County, and Greater Shippensburg.

All grants will be made through one of these funding Categories:

Mini Grants - Grants should fit within Partnership’s Broad Framework. Examples include:
- Discrete programs in schools or the community
- Meeting or training expenses
- Responses to a community health emergency

Healthy Communities Fund
Goal: Fund organizations and projects that support decisions, conditions, policies, and systems that enable people to live healthier lives in their schools, workplaces, homes, and neighborhoods.
- Foster system changes
- Preference will be given to organizations working collaboratively to create change (as opposed to delivering direct services and individual programs).

Access for All Fund
Goal: Ensure equitable access to health services by supporting direct services and capacity building. Projects focusing on the following issues are especially encouraged:
- Medical, dental, and behavioral health services
- Health insurance outreach and enrollment
- Improving cultural competence among service providers
- Language translation and interpretation services that increase access to health
- Training for frontline staff serving the Medicaid population
- Program evaluation and meaningful data collection to assess health outcomes and inform continuous program improvements

Strengthening Health Capacities Fund
Goal: Build the ability of organizations and collaborative partners to engage in comprehensive strategies that improve health (particularly in non-traditional health settings like schools, workplaces, agencies and in collaborations).
- Promote integration of behavioral health and primary care
- Build the capacity of social service providers to adopt trauma-informed care
- Educate people in non-medical professions to integrate a health lens in their work, such as teachers’ abilities to address mental health issues with students
- Broadly: Mobilize coalitions and collective impact strategies to address shared health goals and outcomes, related to the health framework

Strategic Initiatives Fund
Goal: Address targeted prevention, treatment, services and community awareness related to Board-approved initiatives:
- Opiate Epidemic
- Advance Collaborative System Building to Improve Access to Affordable Housing

The Partnership for Better Health is particularly interested in projects that improve the health of individuals and communities by focusing on social determinants of health and health equity. The foundation seeks partners with the capacity to address them through their work.

Priority will be given to organizations and projects that demonstrate a commitment to the following types of strategies; Applications must address as many of these priorities as possible:
- Addressing social determinants of health
- Advancing health equity by addressing systems and conditions that create inequities
- Evidence-based strategies and best practices (strategies with strong research documenting their effectiveness in creating positive health outcomes)
- Collaborative partnerships
- Systems change solutions (systemic strategies that are designed to improve all aspects of how a set of organizations, institutions or system works)
- Policy advocacy
- Diversity and inclusion (consider especially the inclusion of people with lived experience in the planning process—these are people with firsthand experience of health challenges and inequities)
- Demonstrated track records of success
- Innovative, forward-thinking strategies
- A plan for future sustainability or conclusion upon completing core goals

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181969

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Healthy Communities Fund and Access For All Fund Grant size: $10,000 - $100,000/year
- Strengthening Health Capacities Fund Grant size: $10,000 - $75,000/year
- Strategic Initiatives Fund Grant size: $25,000 - $100,000/year
- Mini Grants size: $1,000 - $5,000/year

Term of Contract:

- Healthy Communities Fund and Access For All Fund Duration: 1-year grants & RFPs for first-time applicants; prior grant recipients invited to apply for up to 3-year grants (4 year max).
- Strengthening Health Capacities Fund Duration: 1-year grants & RFPs for first-time applicants; prior grant recipients invited to apply for 2-year grants (maximum = 3 years).
- Strategic Initiatives Fund: Duration: 1 - 3 year grants issued via RFP process or invitation only.
- Mini Grants Duration: 1 year grants, with possibility of 2-year renewals (maximum = 3 years)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only 501(c) 3 organizations are eligible for grants from the Partnership. Additionally, school districts are eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $5,000.

Organizations must provide services that benefit residents of the specific geographic area. The partnership region includes all of Perry County, Western and Central Cumberland County, Northern Adams County and Greater Shippensburg.

No grants are made to individuals.

Grants can not be used for:
- Endowment drives
- Annual fund drives or loans
- Advertising in yearbooks or programs
- Electoral activities
- Individual scholarships, internships or awards
- Retroactive expenses or projects
- “Athons” or other similar sponsorships
- More than 25% of an agency’s annual operating budget
- Athletic, recreational or alumni activities
- Operating deficits
- Individual medical bills
- Capital expenditures in excess of $50,000 for program-related needs
- Any portion of fees to a national or state association

Pre-Application Information:

There are three deadline dates for all grant funds (to include mini grants):

Apply August 1
Decision by October 15

Apply December 1
Decision by February 15

Apply March 1
Decision by June 15


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Carol Thornton, Senior Director of Grants and Public Policy
717.960.9009 x7 ;

Gail Witwer, Director of Health Promotion
717.960.9009 x8

Partnership for Better Health
274 Wilson Street
Carlisle, PA 17013


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Perry County, Western and Central Cumberland County, Northern Adams County, and Greater Shippensburg